RW wrote:
On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 16:00:55 -0500
Chuck Robey <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

I've already deleted the message that kicked me off, but it looked to
me that you were talking about the 10,000 ports I was talking about,
and that meant you were referring to new installs, not upgrades.

Why would anyone want to configure ports they don't want to install?
BUT if you were talking only about upgrades, then I kinda think, personally, that you probably should instantiated a new thread, not
used this one.  Hmm?

Is that supposed to irony, because before you hijacked this thread it
was about preventing options screens being brought up at build-time,
and pausing the build.

Your ideas do absolutely nothing to address this issue because, they
would only reduce the number of options, not eliminate them - unless
you are intending to radically dumb-down the system. As a case in point
take a look at the options for www/squid, I don't believe for a moment
that your scheme could handle more than a small fraction of them.

If people want an easier desktop system, they already have the pc-bsd
and DesktopBSD versions of FreeBSD.

I need to take exception to that. My claim (and I have the messages in which I made it) is that the setting of options needed these changes:

(1) To move the time that they need to be set, from ports compile time to system install time, and

(2) To always phrase the questions in a form that non-technical users can field, without extensive research that they are not equipped for, and

(3) To find a way to urge both ports-writers and ports users to share the same notion of what the options refer to.

I think (I may be wrong, correct me if I am) that you were taking exception, above, to my first point, right? You may correct me on that, but on whether or not it will actually succeed in this is what all this discussion is about. I did not bring this up without bringing the idea past local friends, and defending it there, so I think I can do that. Do i need to requote all of my arguments about that here (and really, by now, boring folks to sleep) or can you look up the older posts? If you've lost them, I've always had problems myself getting really recent posts out of the archives, so write me privately, I will be glad to send them to you. I do believe that it will perfectly accomplish exactly what you claim "do absolutely nothing to address this issue", they will 100% move the work from ports build-time to system install-time. This is pretty simple to prove, so I can't follow your assertion, and one of us must have a disconnect here.

My points #2 and #3 are more arguable; I believe in them, but I guess an argument could be made against this. There was a second part of my argument, also (a list of regular-exceptions that ports, if they match, would be rejected from), but that part would have somewhat less effect (some, but less obvious). Both parts of my suggestion are things I'm pushing, but at this point, I'm only at the point that I am completely convinced that enough folks do agree with it to justify my writing the Makefile mods. This isn't to say that the work I do will be approved and brought in, you should know the FreeBSD development pattern well enough to realize this, so lets not lose our cool.

Save that for the next time it's brought up, ON THE PORTS LIST, not questions.
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